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Bill de Blasio

Mayor of New York, New York

On the Issues

Due to Mayor de Blasio never holding federal office, he has not had the same opportunities to support or cosponsor legislation that ANA has championed like some of the other presidential candidates have had. This does not necessarily indicate that, if he were to be the presidential nominee, he would not potentially be strong on nursing issues and health care more broadly.

Opioids

Mayor de Blasio signed bills into law intended to broaden access to medication that reverse drug overdoses and to provide medics, schoolchildren and the public more education on opioids. These laws cover schools, homeless shelters, needle exchanges and other places where the city’s anti-opioid message can reach drug users and prospective drug users. Later in 2018, de Blasio announced a plan which will dedicate $8 million solely for programs in the Bronx to increase health staff who assist first responders, $1 million in ad campaigns warning about the dangers of fentanyl, more life-saving Naloxone kits, and funding for Bronx-based support groups who connect people to treatment, according to nyc.gov.

Health Care Reform

In January 2019, Mayor de Blasio made a $100 million guarantee of affordable health care for every city resident.